Judge Robert Adams Jr. denied a bond request made by Sammy Hamadeh on July 11.
Hamadeh was charged with rape after Franklin County Sheriff’s deputies responded to Smith Mountain Lake Community Park just after 4 p.m. on June 25 for a report of a sexual assault. Hamadeh was at the park with a group of friends and coworkers from his job at Panera Bread in Roanoke when the assault allegedly occurred, according to his attorney Robert Dean.
An unidentified woman told deputies that the assailant fled into a wooded area near the beach. Conservation police officers with Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and Virginia State Police also responded to the scene and assisted with the search. According to Dean and Commonwealth District Attorney Sandra Workman, video of the alleged assault exists.
Dean said his client denies the allegations and asked the court to release Hamadeh on a high secure bond with stipulations that he would surrender his passport. Hamadeh was born in Tennessee, but has spent most of his life living in Saudi Arabia. He has no U.S. driver’s license.
Workman asked the court to deny bond due to Hamadeh being a potential flight risk. “He does not have ties to the commonwealth; he has a couple of family members who also live here,” Workman said. “He is a huge flight risk. He had to be searched for with tracking dogs at the scene because went up into the woods … there is evidence he was hiding.”
She added that Hamadeh could face a life sentence.
Adams said the presumption in the case was against bond, and the evidence didn’t change that, therefore no bond was granted.
Dean said they would appeal the judge’s decision. Hamadeh’s preliminary hearing is currently scheduled for Oct. 10.
Jorge Pena, 26, was also charged with being an accessory before the fact of a felony.